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Devonport High School for Girls

Name of Head of Department

Miss S Clatworthy, BEd(Hons)

Introduction to the department

The PE department at DHSG is well resourced to deliver high quality Physical Education, Sport and Dance to our students by four experienced PE and one Dance teacher.  In addition to the following excellent facilities on site, four Netball/Tennis Courts, Gym, 200m  Grass Field,  Fitness Suite and Hall we are extremely fortunate to have access to The Plymouth Life Centre, The Goals Centre and Central Park all within walking distance of the school.  As a department we are passionate about meeting the needs of the individual students through a variety of different activities and approaches. We have many students who are elite athletes and sportswomen and we manage their training commitments carefully with their academic studies.

All students at DHSG rotate through a broad and balance curriculum that inspire our students to experience success in challenging physical activities and competitive sports. We aim for our students to become competent performers in a broad range of activities and hopefully embed values such as fairness and respect. We are particularly committed to helping our students become physically confident to enable them to lead healthy, active lives. The aesthesis areas of Gym and Dance are very important to us a department.

Key stage 3  (Year 7 and 8)  

Pupils in Year 7 follow courses in Multi Skill, Gymnastics, Fitness, Dance, Games, Football, Athletics and Rounders in line with the National Curriculum. In addition, they are encouraged to participate in extra-curricular activities.

Pupils in Year 8 follow courses in Games, Orienteering, Fitness, Table Tennis, Gymnastics, Badminton and Athletics. In addition they are encouraged to participate in extra-curricular activities which can be selected from a wide programme of team activities and clubs.

Pupil progress is assessed across all activity areas against the GCSE PE criteria. We look at the students individual skills - Part 1 and their ability to put those skills together in the full context - Part 2.

In key stage 3 we also introduce GCSE theory through a practical context with a particular focus on the Fitness units.

Key stage 4 (Year 9, 10 and 11) 

Core PE

All year 9 students continue to rotate through a balanced curriculum that inspire our students to experience success in challenging physical activities and competitive sports. We aim for our students to become competent performers in a broad range of activities and hopefully embed values such as fairness and respect. We are particularly committed to helping our students become physically confident to enable them to make choices which allow them to lead healthy, active lives. The students are taught in five groups and rotate around the following activities, Trampolining/Fitness, Dance, Leadership, Invasion Games and Badminton and then in the summer term all students take part in Tennis, Athletics, Cricket and Rounders.

When our students progress into Y10, they opt into a ‘pathway’ from PE with includes a range of competitive, Leisure, Team and Individual activities that the students rotate around. Both Sport and Dance leadership are also on offer. In Year 11 we have five options for the students to select from and they change each half term, these include; Dance, Trampolining, Swimming, Badminton, Multi Sports, Dodgeball and Fitness.

Full details of the specification and assessment criteria can be found on the AQA website GCSE Physical Education Specification

Extra-curricular activities 

With the support of many teaching staff and outside
sporting bodies we are incredibly proud of our achievements at Local, Regional and National level.  We are members of the Plymouth Schools Sports Partnership and through that enter all the central venue competitions.

There are many opportunities to participate in sport outside of lessons, these include clubs in:

Basketball, indoor rowing, dance, fitness, netball, hockey, rounders, cycling, rocketball, tennis, badminton, swimming, football, cricket and futsal depending on season.

In addition the school puts together an annual Dance Show and two day Sports Day extravaganza.